Changes to 2021 Mitsubishi Models Include Mild Revisions and an All-Around Safety Bump

Jessica Shea Choksey | Dec 07, 2020

For Mitsubishi, 2021 is a “gap year” of sorts. With important 2022 model-year debuts happening during the first half of 2021, the company is likely planning to sell down existing stocks of its Eclipse Cross and Outlander SUVs before replacements arrive. Meanwhile, all 2021 models gain new standard safety features and Mitsubishi’s only remaining car models, the Mirage hatchback and Mirage G4 sedan, receive minor makeovers this year. The company’s plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV), the 2021 Outlander PHEV, gets a new powertrain and is likely to continue in its current form after the 2022 Outlander arrives.

2021 Mitsubishi Mirage Orange Front Quarter View

2021 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross Changes - Find the best Mitsubishi deals!

A facelifted 2022 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross is coming in the spring of 2021. Styling enhancements make the small crossover SUV appear sleeker and more sophisticated, and the revised interior features a new infotainment system. The automaker has also hinted at improvements in the driving dynamics department. In the meantime, Mitsubishi has announced no interim changes to the Eclipse Cross. As a matter of fact, the company may not even offer one for the 2021 model year. 

2021 Mitsubishi Mirage and Mirage G4 Changes - Find the best Mitsubishi deals!

The subcompact Mirage hatchback and Mirage G4 sedan undergo minor styling and equipment changes for 2021. The exterior gets a fresher face incorporating Mitsu’s latest design cues, and both LED headlights and taillights are available. There is more standard equipment for the base model, and Mitsubishi makes forward-collision warning with pedestrian detection standard across the model range. Additionally, the SE trim level gains standard lane-departure warning and a new Carbonite Edition version of both body styles debuts. Mitsubishi discontinues the hatchback’s GT trim for 2021.

2021 Mitsubishi Outlander Changes - Find the best Mitsubishi deals!

An all-new next-generation 2022 Mitsubishi Outlander arrives in the spring of 2021, based on the redesigned 2021 Nissan Rogue (Nissan and Mitsubishi are part of the same global automaker alliance). The new 2022 Outlander will have a completely redesigned exterior, interior, and powertrain, coupled with significant technology enhancements. Mitsubishi has announced no changes to the existing Outlander, which may skip a year in advance of the new version’s arrival.

2021 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV Changes - Find the best Mitsubishi deals!

The 2021 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV (plug-in hybrid electric vehicle) receives a new 2.4-liter gasoline 4-cylinder engine, replacing the outgoing 2.0-liter unit. A more potent electric motor and a more powerful battery are also new for 2021. As a result, the Outlander PHEV enjoys improved performance and more all-electric driving range than the previous version of the SUV, which could travel 22 miles on a full battery before the gas engine started up to continue the journey.

2021 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport Changes - Find the best Mitsubishi deals!

After undergoing an array of enhancements for 2020, the Outlander Sport mostly carries over for the 2021 model year. The subcompact crossover SUV gets standard forward-collision warning, lane-departure warning, and automatic high-beam headlights, previously optional features.

Mitsubishi is the source of information in this article. It was accurate on December 4, 2020, but it may have changed since that date. Always confirm product details and availability with the automaker’s website or your local dealership.

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